March City Events in Dublin
Dublin celebrates St Patrick’s Day this March with a bang. But there are loads of other amazing events going on in the city this month so check out our top picks:
Singlehood at Vicar Street – 1st – 2nd March
Vicar Street is one of Dublin’s premier venues and this month we have singled out an act known as Singlehood (do you see what we did there?). This unusual act is a seemingly unconnected group of people coming together to discuss being single “because any dope can be in a relationship.” The idea behind the act was conceived by Irish comic genius Una McKevitt; who says the inspiration came from wanting to do something a bit light hearted and fun. Singlehood is not a play or high literary art but just some people taking about their lives and longings; but in a hilarious way. Have a look at the video clip and see what we mean!
Eels Live at Olympia theatre – 16th March
The 1990’s were a great time for Indie grunge rock music the genre was just hitting the big time after the startling success of Nirvana. Into this maelstrom of drums, tortured guitars and soulful lyrics came the ultimate Indie pop rock band Eels. Their album “Beautiful Freak” with hit singles “Novocaine for the Soul” and “Susan’s House” shot them to fame in the mid 90’s. Back on tour you can see them at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for one night only and relive those heady days.
St Patrick’s Festival – 14th – 18th March
It wouldn’t be March in Dublin without the huge celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. Although many will see it as an excuse to have a few pints of the black stuff, and quite rightly too, there is also loads of other stuff going on the Ireland’s first city. There will be funfairs (at Merrion Square, Wolfe Tone Park and Custom House Quay), music stages and at night many of the buildings across the city will turn themselves green. One event not to miss is the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 17Th March. It starts at Parnell Square and heads through the streets to finish at St Patrick’s Cathedral and is a glorious explosion of colour, music and dance. So wear something green and join in the fun.
Irish Craft Beer Village at George’s Dock at the IFSC – 14th – 18th March
In parallel with the St Patrick’s Day festival is the Irish Craft Beer Village. All the information you need is in the title really, but we will tell you a little more. For a start the good news is that you can get free entry before 7pm or only 5Euros after. The rise of micro-breweries in Ireland has accelerated in the past few years as drinkers have become more discriminating about what they want in their glass. You will get the choice of loads of local brewery beers but a couple to try are those from the Franciscan Well and The Porterhouse as these are two of the first micro-breweries in Ireland. So why not try something a bit different?
St Patrick’s Day Special! At National Museum of Archaeology – 17th March
If you have had enough to drink and want a change of pace then try the St Patrick’s Day walking tour from the National Museum of Archaeology on Sunday 17th March. The tour is led by one of Dublin’s most beloved historians, Pat Liddy. Discover the enthralling truth behind the legend of St Patrick and get an insight into what Dublin was like during the lifetime of the saint. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you are likely to be walking for a couple of hours and it is a good idea to book a couple of days in advance to make sure you get a place.
Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show at RDS – 1st – 3rd March
Prefer two wheels to four? Hanker for a Harely or desire a Ducati? Roll your ride down to the RDS in Dublin this March for the Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show. You will find yourself drooling over the stunning bikes on display everything from latest models to classics with top names like Triumph, Honda and BMW. Looking for some new leathers? Then head to the stalls. As well as the great displays there will be stunt shows and races from the biggest names on the track. See Rafal Pasereik and Monika Koch from Poland or watch racing from the live action arena with IOM TT heroes Conor Cummins and Guy Martin. For more blood pumping action visit the Wall of Death!
Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby RDP12 at RDS – 30th March
Ulster Rugby is currently top of the Pro12 league and this match is Leinster’s chance to curtail their lead. So if you have tickets to this match at the RDS it promises to be a real battle. If you don’t have tickets but you are still a rugby fan then why not go to a bar and mix with some locals. You can enjoy the game in the warm with a pint of whatever takes your fancy and some great company. There are loads of bars in Dublin but we like the Trinity Bar at the Dublin Citi Hotel on Dame Street or Sinnott’s Bar near the St. Stephen’s green Shopping Centre on South King Street.
Al Murray The Only Way is Epic Tour at Vicar Street – 9th March
They say the man behind the bar is part bar keep part sympathetic ear, well if Al Murray is your pub landlord you could well be in trouble. Following on the huge success of his “Barrel of Fun” tour he is again regaling the public with his wry opinions of life and just how we should be living it. Don’t forget “a pint for the gentleman and wine or a fruit based drink for the ladies”; wise words to live your life by!
Alan Ayckbourn’s – Bedroom Farce at Gate Theatre – 1st – 30th March
Fancy a laugh? If so Alan Ayckborun is your playwright of choice. The Bedroom Farce is one of Ayckbourne earlier plays and is just that, some fun between four couples taking place in three bedrooms one night. The plot is sophisticated and explores the differences between couples of different generations as well as the cracks in those seemingly solid relationships. With deception and downright lying between supposedly loving couples you will be constantly guessing who will end up with whom.
Weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at Café en Seine with Stella Bass – All month
The perfect hangover cure is the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Cafe en Seine with Stella Bass. Her soothing, clear vocals will ease your fevered brow and put you in the mood for the tasty treats on offer to fill your empty stomach. The music is swing and light jazz favourites from the Great American Songbook. This relaxed and elegant venue is just the right spot to enjoy greats from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and even up to date hits from Amy Winehouse and U2.